Dubai: Pakistani expats are confused after Dubai low-cost airlines open flights to sell to Pakistan while their diplomatic mission in the UAE warns them not to buy tickets.
The Pakistani Embassy and consulate issued a public notice on Tuesday warning Pakistani passengers to be careful when buying tickets because so far no international airline has received permission from the Pakistani government.
Passengers who want to travel to Pakistan can book flights on the flydubai website. The airline has also warned passengers that flights will be operated with government approval. The airline also does not offer bookings from Pakistan to the UAE.
Flydubai has begun offering flights to various destinations to Pakistan with effects starting April 15. However, on its website it is stated that only Pakistani citizens will be allowed to travel on this flight. The airline’s decision to open flights came based on the Pakistani government’s decision to delay international flights until April 14. However, the Pakistan government has not yet announced whether flights will open on April 15.
When contacted, a spokesman for Flydubai issued a brief statement about the issue. “Notification to Aviators (NOTAM) establishes applicable flight restrictions between the UAE and Pakistan in response to COVID-19. flydubai has opened flights for sale to Pakistan to allow repatriation for their citizens starting April 15 and will operate with Government approval. “
The airline spokesman also said: “This is a developing situation and we are working in coordination with local authorities to facilitate repatriation flights. Passengers will receive a full refund to the original form of payment and no booking penalty will apply.”
It is important to mention here that no other airline including Pakistan’s national carrier Pakistan International Airline, Emirates or Airblue has so far opened flights for sale due to the suspension of flight operations between Pakistan and the UAE.
Travel agents continue booking
A travel agent told Gulf News that a large number of Pakistani passengers have booked flights using flydubai and one-way fares range from Dh1400 to more than Dh2000. He said that Flydubai operates flights to Karachi, Faisalabad, Multan, Sialkot and Quetta from Dubai.
According to the Pakistani diplomatic mission, more than 25,000 Pakistanis, most of whom came on tourist / tourist visas but were stranded here after flight restrictions, registered with them and demanded that they leave early. A Pakistani Embassh spokesman told Gulf News that they were in talks with their government to resolve the issue as soon as possible.
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